|What's St Mirren
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
South Stand (photo)
West Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Layout Of The Ground
Record & Average Attendance
|What's St Mirren Park Like?|
After spending 115 years at
Love Street, the club have now moved to a new
stadium in 2009. The new St Mirren Park, as it is
known was built by Barr Construction at a cost of
around £8m. The ground is comprised of four
separate stands and although it probably won't win
many design awards, it is at least modern and
functional. The stands on three sides are all single
tiered, have large windshields to each side and are
of the same height. The East Stand on the remaining
side, is taller than the others, but contains a
smaller amount of seating, with a large panelled
area behind that rises up to the roof. This stand
also has the team dugouts in front of it. Although
this is the Main Stand at the ground, the television
cameras are located opposite.
Thanks to Ingo Braun for providing the photo above.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are located at one end of the stadium in the North Stand, where just over 1,600 supporters can be accommodated. It is expected that for Old Firm games, that sections of the West Stand will also be made available. As you would expect from a new stadium, the facilities and playing action are good. However, one slight drawback is that that the fans are set quite back from the playing action, as there is a large perimeter area surrounding the pitch.
Thanks to Stewart Howcutt for providing the photo above.
|Where To Drink?|
|Colin Weir informs me;
'There are very few pubs near the ground at all, with
the ground being
in between a residential and industrial area. Away coaches are still parking on Clark Street where they did for Love Street so it is likely that away fans will continue to drink in the pubs off Greenock Road. Other than that St Mirren fans are likely to continue to drink in the existing pubs around Love Street and the Town Centre simply remembering to leave for the match 10 minutes earlier than they used to!'
There are a couple of pubs near to the old ground, although with the lack of pubs close to the new stadium many may drink in the town centre before heading to the game. The Wee Barrel on Love Street itself is a smallish two roomed pub, which gets very busy before games, but on my visit there was a good mix of home and away support and the service was good. George Clarke adds; 'The Cottage Arms next to a Chinese takeaway just off Greenock Road has long been a popular haunt for away fans, as the away coaches park up near there on Clark Street and it is only a few minutes walk away from the ground'. Near Paisley Gilmour Street station is the Tile Bar on Smithhills Street.
In the town centre, which is around 3/4's of a mile away. Peter Balmforth, recommends; 'Just outside the station entrance, is a Wetherspoons outlet called the 'Last Post'. However please note that fans are not admitted wearing colours, so remember to roll up your scarf and stick it in your pocket'. Rene a visiting Celtic supporter informs me: 'I found the Wallace Bar on Causeyside Street in the town centre, to be a friendly enough place to enjoy a beer'.
Thanks to Dave Tennant for providing the photo above.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
ground is particularly easy to get to due to its
proximity to the M8.
Thanks to Dave Tennant for providing the photo above.
|The nearest station is
Paisley St James, which is situated almost just across
the road from the stadium. It is a 17 minute journey
from Glasgow Central Station.
Colin Weir adds; 'If you are coming to the ground by train Paisley St James has a half hourly service on the Glasgow-Gourock line and is located on Greenhill Road directly behind the away stand. Come out of the station onto Greenhill Road and the stadium is directly on the left. A campaign by fans of the club hopes to persuade Transport Scotland to rename the station Paisley St Mirren, however for the near future Paisley St James is where you should alight.
Paisley Gilmour Street is one stop away from St James and around 15 minute walk from the ground, but has a much more frequent service with trains every 10 minutes.
At the bottom of the stairs from the platforms turn right to take the back entrance to Old Sneddon Street and then turn left. Once you are at the traffic lights at the Court and Love Street, continue along St James Street and onto Underwood Road, where you pass under the railway. 400m further along you pass a pedestrian crossing and the Royal Mail Centre on your right at the corner of Greenhill Road. Head down Greenhill Road and the ground is 200m on your left.
Most service buses to Paisley also stop next Paisley Gilmour Street station and directions are the same for them. It is possible to catch a number 64 Arriva bus to Ferguslie Park from Gauze Street in the Town Centre which takes around 5 minutes and passes very close by to the ground'.
Thanks to Ingo
Braun for providing the photo above.
|Programme & Fanzine|
|Official Programme £2.50|
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
|St Mirren FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
James Prentice (Rangers) 7/11/10
|Record & Average Attendance|
At the new St Mirren Park
7,542 v Kilmarnock, Premier League, January 31st 2009
At Love Street:
47,438 v Celtic, August 20th 1949.
2011-2012: 4,492 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 4,448 (Premier League)
2009-2010: 4,414 (Premier League)
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